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 Last update:  5/18/2013       Read more by David P. Greisman            &
Khan: Iíll Be Stronger, My Chin More Durable at 147
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by David P. Greisman

Amir Khan says his planned move to the welterweight division will not only make him stronger offensively, but will shore up one of the defensive weaknesses that others have been able to exploit ó a shaky chin.

Khan, who was in Atlantic City on May 17 to watch his younger brother Haroon fight, spoke very briefly with David P. Greisman of and Tim Starks of

ďI kill myself making 140,Ē Khan said. ďWhat happens is I canít put the weight back on that quickly after I do. I only put six, seven pounds on. 147 will be the natural weight for me. I walk around naturally at 155. I knock my sparring partners down. I knock people out at that weight, but normally when I hit 140, my punching power goes. Maybe itís because Iím killing myself making that weight.Ē

And he believes his punch resistance will be better when he doesnít need to drop as many pounds.

ďWhen you drain, itís like fasting and then going into the fight,Ē Khan said. ďIn sparring, Iíve never been put down. Iíve sparred the likes of [Alfredo] Angulo and Manny Pacquiao. Iíve never been put down in sparring. Itís only in the fight. The reason is because Iím killing myself making weight. This will help big time.Ē

Khanís last bout was an April fight with Julio Diaz. Khan came in at 142 pounds, got knocked down by Diaz in the fourth round and survived to win a close unanimous decision.

He is expected to return on Dec. 7. The former 140-pound titleholder is 28-3 with 19 knockouts.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at

Tags: Devon Alexander , Amir Khan , Khan-Alexander , Khan vs. Alexander

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comment by ronnie_N., on 05-18-2013
yes khan... and so as all dudes in welterweight... you will get sparked in any weight...

comment by fight_professor, on 05-18-2013
If Khan is definitely going to go to 147, he should sign to fight Lee Purdy immediately. :lol1: Seriously though, Khan v Devon will be a good fight.

comment by Marvellous1, on 05-18-2013
[QUOTE=ADP02]Bud .... you may have missed my other post but what I did was C/P a post that I previously made on what I thought Khan was thinking when it was in the news that Khan wants to move up to 147 (a few days aif it'so). I stated his reasons for moving up and the video confirmed what I said...

comment by fight_professor, on 05-18-2013
The physics of Khan's point are sound: More weight, more ballast - more mass to absorb shots. You have to respect Khan's heart and self belief. Even if his chin means he cant cash all the comments he makes.

clueless Khan
comment by thack, on 05-18-2013
Just heard Khan say that if he gets Mayweather in the uk it will be the biggest fight ever!!!!!! He's funny because he really believes this.... what a wally! and so disrespectful from a glass jawed career loser. It would be a crime if this fight was to happen as Khan has done NOTHING to be gi...

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